12 January 2009

A recent trend has seen some businesses introducing 'Botox leave' to their employees in an attempt to deter workers from taking sick leave in order to undergo the treatment.

While most businesses have heard of 'duvet days' and Christmas shopping leave, cosmetic surgery clinics have noted an increase in the number of businesses that have introduced time off for staff wanting to have the anti-wrinkle injections - especially during the holiday season.

The Harley Medical Group has announced that enquiries for the non-surgical Botox treatments increased by 21 per cent in the last six weeks, and that some businesses have introduced two hours leave to ensure staff can make their annual appointment for the jab while avoiding using sick leave.

"Companies are right to be inventive with their incentives," said a representative from recruitment company Blue Skies. "Although 'Botox leave' is quirky, if people are adopting this incentive there is obviously a call for it.

"In the current market, giving people time off for endeavors that suit their lifestyles can be a cost-effective way of incentivising staff if budgets do not stretch to other more obvious benefits."

One manager, Stephen Fox of Fox Kalomaski advertising agency, told Web Wire: "We noticed a demand amongst our staff for a day off in the run up to Christmas to not only pick up their Christmas gifts, but also to make appointments for their hairdressing, beauty and particularly Botox treatments.

"We now offer all staff a day's leave in December and have unofficially called this day 'Botox leave' because we've heard rumours that this is what people do with this day - to make sure they're looking their best for the Christmas party photos."